The Truth Must Not Die: Politicians and historians line up to refute Putin’s attempt to revise WWII history
In retaliation against Moscow’s attempt at WWII revisionism, Poland has hit back with an educational campaign called ‘The truth must not die’.
In a coalition of force, PM Mateusz Morawiecki, President Andrzej Duda and a group of internationally renowned historians have published articles in international media highlighting Russia’s falsification of history.
Eryk Mistewicz president of the New Media Institute, alongside the Polish National Foundation which are leading the ‘Truth Must Not DIE’ campaign told PAP: "We pass the truth about the history of Europe through the eyes of unquestioned authorities.
"We want to convey the truth of countries that cooperate with one another and do not reinterpret history in accordance with current needs.”
The campaign is a continuation of an initiative organized last year for the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.
Reports published in over a dozen recognised titles reached over 450 million readers.
On Tuesday this week, Politico magazine published a comprehensive article by PM Morawiecki who called for a common European position towards Russian attempts to twist the history of the 20th century.
He wrote: ”Soviet propaganda imposed a narrative about World War II, (...) Russia is again attempting to portray the Soviet Union as a liberator who freed the world from Nazism.”
He added that the Soviet occupation lasted 45 years, cost the lives of millions of people, deprived Poland and Central Europe of independence and the chance for normal economic development.
On Wednesday, British historian Roger Moorhouse, who has penned a number of best-selling searing histories including "Pact of devils. Alliance of Hitler and Stalin”, and America’s Allen Paul, author of "Katyn. Stalinist massacre and triumph of truth”, published ferocious attacks against Putin’s false WWII narrative in the Washington Post
Both writers said the common goal of Stalin and Hitler to destroy Poland were evidenced in the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, and they refuted Putin’s claims that Poland was to blame for the outbreak of WWII.
Moorhouse said "There is not a grain of truth in Poland's accusations that her cooperation with Hitler led to the outbreak of war".
To further push forward the ‘Truth Must Not die’ message, and to underline Russia’s mendacity, President Duda will publish a piece in the Washington Times on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, as well as in the German Die Welt and France’s Le Figaro.
Historians Roger Moorhouse, Allen Paul and Wojciech Roszkowski’s analysis of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact will also be published on the Internet editions of "Der Tagesspiegel", "The Washington Post" and “L'Opinion".
Mistewicz said: "The truth requires work all the time, especially if there are acts hostile to Polish memory.”